Main Phone: (661) 822-4402
Physical Address: 24900 Highway 202, Tehachapi, CA 93561 (Directions)
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.
When it originally opened in 1933, CCI housed female inmates. A 1952 earthquake closed the facility. It reopened in 1954 as a male institution. In 1985, the state built the first new maximum security facility in more than 100 years at CCI. The following year, the prison added a new medium custody facility.
William “Joe” Sullivan was appointed as the acting warden at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi in January 2017. In 1984, Mr. Sullivan began his career as a vocational instructor at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC). In 1988, he promoted to supervisor of vocational instruction, at CCI, serving as the public information officer from 1990 to 1992. In 1992, Mr. Sullivan accepted a promotion to supervisor of correctional education programs, at the Preston School of Industry, in the California Youth Authority. In 1993, he completed a lateral transfer, in the same capacity, to California State Prison-Los Angeles (CSP-LAC) County. In 1994, Mr. Sullivan promoted to associate warden CSP-LAC. In 1998, Mr. Sullivan promoted to chief deputy warden at CCI, becoming the warden of CCI in 2003. Mr. Sullivan served as the warden of CCI until being appointed to associate director in 2008. Mr. Sullivan retired in 2010, but continued to assist several institutions through the warden mentoring program.
Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.